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Kapil chides Unmukt for leaving training camp

September 07, 2012 20:16 IST

Former India captain Kapil Dev chided Unmukt Chand for skipping practice to attend a youth summit and advised him to focus on the game.

The Under-19 World Cup-winning captain attended India Today's 'Youth Summit' to speak on cricket when he is supposed to play a match, which will also feature Sachin Tendulkar, on Saturday.

Unmukt is part of the India 'A' squad that will tour New Zealand soon. The team is currently undergoing a preparatory camp in Bangalore.

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"What are you doing here? Why you have come here?" asked Kapil, when he saw the youngster at the programme.

"If I were his coach or manager I would not have let him come here even if I was given a million dollars. I would have kicked him on his backside for coming here," Kapil told a packed audience, comprising mainly youngsters.

When the programme's host jokingly told Unmukt that he was lucky that Kapil was not his coach, the 1983 World Cup-winning captain said the youngster was 'unlucky' not to have him as his coach.

"I would have made him work hard for the next three years so that he could live life like a king in the next 20 years," he said.

Both Kapil and Mohammed Azharuddin urged Unmukt to "stay humble".

"You are outstanding talent, a good player; stay humble," Azhar said, urging the youngsters in the audience "not get into bad habits".

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